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What all 32 NFL teams need from their quarterbacks in 2020 - PFF
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: ACCURACY. Carson Wentz is coming off quite a streaky year. He started the year well — significantly better than the box score suggested — earning the highest PFF grade in the NFL through the first six weeks of the season. After that, though, his grade rank fell to 25th. The story of Wentz’s career is that he thrives in the unstable areas and is relatively average in the stable ones, but an improvement in accuracy will serve him well in the long run — and the good news is that he’s still young enough to develop in this critical area. He has been well subpar when it has come to hitting open receivers with an accurate ball. Over the last two years, Wentz ranks 29th in the NFL in the percentage of accurate-plus passes thrown to a receiver with a step or more of separation.

What Will It Take for Carson Wentz to Rejoin the NFL’s Elite? - The Ringer
Of course, the lack of speed and talent at receiver isn’t the only reason Wentz’s numbers dipped in 2019. There were a few too many times when he simply made poor throws, either delivering the ball late or inaccurately. He needs to clean up these types of inexplicable misses. Wentz finished in the top 10 in the NFL’s completion percentage above expectation metric (which measures a quarterback’s performance relative to the difficulty of their throws on an aggregate level) in 2017 and 2018. In 2019, he dropped all the way down to 23rd in that statistic, just behind Mitchell Trubisky. I believe positive regression is coming.

Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: The defensive line dominates - BGN
The defense really won the day today. The defensive line was especially dominant. They were straight up feasting on the offensive line when the offense was trying to simulate a scenario with not too much time left on the clock. Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson were very active and so were backup guys like Josh Sweat, Hassan Ridgeway, Joe Ostman, and Casey Toohill. Sweat had a great move to beat Andre Dillard on the inside to notch a “sack.” Ostman regularly wins his matchups with Jordan Mailata. Mailata threw his helmet into the ground after the final rep of practice in frustration. Doug Pederson was nearby and talked to Mailata about that. Toohill logged two sacks going against Jack Driscoll after struggling earlier by jumping offsides and getting shut down by Prince Tega Wanogho. I haven’t noticed Genard Avery much in camp. He certainly wasn’t beating Mailata the way that Ostman was.

Eagles Training Camp Recap - Day 5 - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski go over their notes from the Eagles’ first “live” day of practice.

Eagles practice notes, Day 5: Defensive line sack party - PhillyVoice
The backup safeties in general had a great day. Will Parks is really fun to watch in practice. He’s already one of the best trash talkers on the team, and Jim Schwartz is going to absolutely love the energy he brings to the field. He’s always buzzing around the football on defense, but the one play that really stood out to me today was on special teams. He was opposite the gunner (Robert Davis) on a punt, and was initially able to chuck him out of of bounds. When Davis re-entered the field of play, Parks had him measured up nicely, and blasted him with a big hit. It appears as though Parks going to have a significant role in the defense this year, too. He and Nickell Robey-Coleman are essentially splitting nickel duties. It’s called nickel when Robey-Coleman is in there, and quarter when the third safety (Parks) is in.

What’s the holdup with Zach Ertz’s contract extension, and what does it have to do with Dallas Goedert? - Inquirer
Banner, a salary cap expert, sees a way the Eagles could keep both tight ends. They would extend Ertz now and Goedert possibly as early as next offseason and overlap the contracts so that there’s only one year – 2022 – in which both are being paid like franchise tight ends. Goedert’s numbers thereafter would rise, while Ertz’s would fall. “I think it’s going to be tough,” Banner said. “I would be surprised if they at least didn’t try what I suggested and therefore fight hard to get the best deal they possibly can with Ertz, to at least make it mathematically work for the short term to have them both. And then take the challenge on of trying to convince Goedert this is something he should want to do.” That may prove difficult. Goedert, like Ertz, is an alpha. Last year during training camp he was asked how many other NFL teams he would start for and he said 29, excluding the Eagles (Ertz), Chiefs (Kelce), and 49ers (Kittle). Confidence aside, this was after his rookie season when he caught only 33 passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns.

Defense shows a glimpse of what could be -
The Eagles, we can say this with conviction, anyway, emphasized speed in the offseason and they stressed versatility, and on the very first drills in Training Camp when the defense could play all out, it dominated. Even without Hargrave, still out with the upper-body injury, and end Derek Barnett, sidelined with a lower-body injury, the Eagles brought the heat in waves. That’s the idea. That’s the blueprint – give quarterbacks a dizzying array of looks in coverage and overwhelm offensive lines with a deep and talented pass rush. Yeah, yeah, that’s the ticket. On Friday, we saw a glimpse of what hopefully is to come for a defense that has everyone excited to see just how high the ceiling goes.

Meet Alexander, the 6-year-old whose Jalen Hurts backpack went viral - NBCSP
The Eagles have raved about Hurts as a person since they drafted him in the second round back in April. Aside from his on-field ability, the Eagles saw him as a good fit for the building and specifically the quarterback room. But for a 22-year-old rookie, during his first NFL training camp, to make such an impressive gesture is pretty amazing. He’s got a million other things on his mind. But the gesture didn’t surprise Alexander’s father.

NFL Award Favorites and Longshots: MVP, Offensive Player of the Year and More - MMQB
Outside-the-box suggestions: Out of all the first-round wide receivers taken, only the Eagles’ Jalen Reagor and 49ers’ Brandon Aiyuk landed in situations where the schemes run and quarterbacks in place provide any confidence that they can produce a right-away star. For a more enticing bet, I might dig deeper and look at a running back who might ascend the depth chart quickly and be in a position to accumulate some attention-worthy statistics. J.K. Dobbins in Baltimore, Ke’Shawn Vaughn in Tampa Bay, Cam Akers on the Rams and Zack Moss in Buffalo are all worth keeping tabs on.

Stats To Know For 2020 Fantasy Football Drafts - Rotoworld
In this column, I analyzed 10 metrics that the head coach and/or offensive coordinator has control of to determine which offenses are mirroring what analysts suggest. I highlighted why coaches were ranked high or low, and if we should expect team changes in 2020 based on personnel and/or coaching changes. For example, Washington is expected to play faster and pass the ball more often in 2020 than they did in 2019 because OC Scott Turner is far more aggressive than Washington’s last coaching staff. The Eagles also should play more aggressively with better receivers.

Jack Del Rio is Washington’s Plan B if Ron Rivera can’t coach while in cancer treatment - Hogs Haven
This form of cancer is very treatable if caught early enough, but we don’t know exactly how far along it is at the moment. Treatments can include immunotherapy and chemotherapy. Rivera sounds positive as he begins this battle, and has been encouraged by his doctors to coach if he feels strong enough. Rivera did say that there was a Plan B if treating his cancer takes him away from his duties as head coach. Everyone assumed Plan B was Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio, and that has been confirmed by Ian Rapoport.

The NFL’s 2020 training camp coronavirus protocols are working — so far: Four things we learned this week - ESPN
While some teams have been able to maintain their own “bubbles,” the regular season will require them to travel to other cities to play games. And as extensive as the league’s travel protocols that went out to teams Wednesday are — with rules governing everything from seating layouts on buses and airplanes to procedures for entering and leaving the stadium on game day to how to order hotel room service — the movement of teams in and out of their protocol-protected bubbles will increase the risk of infection and transmission. One of the great unanswered questions at this point is what happens if a team has some kind of outbreak on game day. The league is putting together an outside committee to advise commissioner Roger Goodell on issues such as when to cancel or postpone a game, but there’s no hard-and-fast guideline that says, “X number of positive tests on Saturday and/or Sunday means that team can’t play,” and there isn’t likely to be one.

Flyers win playoff series for first time in eight years - Broad Street Hockey
It was the first playoff series won by the Flyers in eight years, since beating the Penguins in a wild first round in 2012. The Flyers will face the sixth-seeded (né seventh-seeded) New York Islanders in the second round. They’ll wear orange in Games 1 and 2, but if they can somehow keep their white-hot hunger (being 5-0 in white in Toronto this summer), they’ll be in good shape. [BLG Note: Let’s go Flyers.]


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